CMB’s mission is to encourage, engage and equip our members to impact their community for Christ.
CMB’s Women in Radio is made up of ladies working at a radio station, a ministry, a record company, in promotions, artist management, or are connected to a Christian broadcaster. We believe there is power in connection and community. CMB Women in Radio is about nurturing, equipping, connecting and praying for one another.
Tell us about your family…
The ’80s. I was the new girl in town and this guy at my new high school called and asked if I wanted to play football. Coming from a state that was champs at six-man football, I was game! That was thirty years ago, we’ve been married for twenty-six years. (As to why my family moved to Maine from Montana is a story that joins The Reagan administration, Montana farmers and one of the world’s more formative shipbuilders – BIW).
Our three kids have two of the best places to vaca in the U.S.A. with family for free: The Montana Rocky Mountains and “the rocky coast” of Maine. Our daughter, Presley, will be a Junior in High-school (plays forward in field hockey and is editor of the Yearbook staff), our son Bowden will be a Freshman (sketches, games and…eats), and Kingston, grade eight (a gamer who loves aquatic life)! The kids are close in age (15, 14 and 13 years old), we thought while the changing table was out, we should just keep changing diapers–we didn’t think through the puberty years–or college.
God has blessed us with an opportunity to renovate a little lake property where the kids spend time in hammocks and kayaks, biking, fishing, and not walking the dog! Our little town, Spring Grove, just put in a regulation-size pickleball court, so I see us getting into pickleball in a big way this summer.
Tell us your radio timeline…
To replicate KMON 560 AM Big Sky Country on my prepubescent radio show, I (probably) literally twisted my little brother’s arm; he was my “tang kid” — my country music countdown show was often “sponsored” by “Tang–the official drink of astronauts.”
Before I was ten, I wrote a letter to Paul Harvey to tell him the rest of my story, and that I listened to everything he ever did (Paul Harvey groupie). At the press of a button, I opened rural Montana citizen’s ban radio reporting from the Lazy A bar W Ranch leaving CB listeners north of the Missouri River Breaks through Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation and south to my hometown under the Highwood Mountains, population 300; a community now well informed about harvest and “hoppers,” weather conditions and barnyard banter.
In the early 90s, after further falling in love with communications as a broadcast major in Southern California, I went back east to work at WMSJ Freeport, Maine. I volunteered as the newly licensed FM 91.9 MHz began “pushing back the darkness” in Southern Maine. I moved into the role of MD and co-host of the morning show team “The Blonde & What’s His Name.” I remember courage inspiring conversations during a shar-a-thon with Todd Isburner at the helm that first year of operations. Overnights WMSJ was an affiliate of Morningstar Radio Network who was just pursuing a move from Texas to Tennessee and west coast alternative music was pushing eastward. Jeff and I reconnected too, without the football, this time co-hosting a radio show called “Know Alternative”.
Through affiliate conversations with Morningstar, the pull to Nashville, TN came into vision, and the passion in a church in Brentwood moved me to make it official. In the record label industry, one of the first personal welcomes I received was from the always grounded, wisdom infused Michelle Younkman who was repping radio at industry giant Star Song Communications (who had picked up distribution for a band I didn’t know I’d work within a very short time). I worked overnights for privately owned Morningstar Radio Network (Burt & Patsy Perrault) which allowed me– in the days before internet radio– to simultaneously be “home” with friends and family in California, Montana and Maine. Such great memories with reel-to-reel tape liners for network affiliates and, in such a short time, such influence there (Tom Carter, Don Burns, Rich Tiner).
Z Music Television, supported by Graham Barnard (Gaylord Ent.), was taking off; I did voiceovers, Z-Music commercial acting while voicing their Top 10 Z-Music Television Countdown. In 1994, I hosted the afternoon drive at WNAZ in Nashville and once received a “listener call” that would take me to the record label side of radio promotions; I signed on with Forefront Communications and Ardent Records learning under Eddie DeGarmo, Dana Key and Dan Brock. Agenda one: the yet-to-be-released working demos of the dc Talk “Jesus Freak” album. This afforded me rich conversations and friendships with folks in radio markets across the country and an awakening to prayer, artist relations and hard collaborative work with friends.
I was in that role for nearly a decade, meeting radio friends across the nation and introducing friends to friends (on behalf of Forefront, Ardent and Gotee Records). I kept up with voice-over work and voice tracking for WHMX Bangor, Maine, and WXHL Wilmington, Delaware, commercials and drops for KLTY Dallas among others along the way.
In 2010, I began doing voice work for WJTL. I host a popular standard for the station that continues its more than twenty-year legacy of giving listeners a voice to talk music with WJTL: The REQUEST Show M-TH 8-10 w. Nik (at Night). Friday’s Request & Dedication hour is hosted by Lisa Landis during the afternoon drive. This is valued time that creates unique dialog opportunities for me as the Music Director of WJTL. I produce and record a weekly Top 25 Countdown (not sponsored by Tang), write and produce sweepers and promos, emcee The Junction Center live events, and post the 2021 Listener Daily Challenge on our socials (created by our PD John Shirk and read for decades live on the air). Adjoining the broadcast studios is The Junction Center where the community holds things as varied as One-Act Plays, Student Prayer events and Homecoming dances; our land is utilized by the community for intramural soccer and benefit run/walks and the famous community event Kids Cookie Break Fest (a community outreach with games, petting zoo, food, entertainment and live kids music from local and national children’s bands including music from beloved musician, Phredd (long-time host of the WJTL Morning Show, Fred McNaughton is also long time WJTL General Manager. The KCB radio show airs on WJTL Saturday Mornings and has since its debut in 1999. The Kids Cookie Break Fest has just announced its post-pandemic return this August!).
Words of encouragement for other ladies in radio…
I would love you to know that God sees you, He has His best in mind for you–it’s probably something you haven’t imagined, but you are uniquely equipped for it. If you feel weak in it, take heart, He is your strength and your song.
Can you recommend a book that is encouraging to you?
The Book of Isaiah 8:11-14a
The LORD has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does, He said, “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them, Make the LORD of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. He will keep you safe.”
I just picked up In Unison by Jeremy & Adrienne Camp at Barnes & Noble, I’m looking forward to cracking the spine on their book co-lab!
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